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Atlanta Braves' Jason Heyward makes a sliding catch on a ball hit by Milwaukee Brewers' Carlos Gomes during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Milwaukee. Atlanta won 1-0. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
MLB: NL capsules and gallery
First Published Apr 03 2014 09:11 am • Last Updated Apr 04 2014 07:19 pm

MILWAUKEE • BRAVES 1 BREWERS 0

Atlanta pitcher Aaron Harang and the Brewers’ Matt Garza had no-hit bids until Chris Johnson homered with two outs in the seventh inning, sending the Braves to a victory.

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Harang (1-0) didn’t allow a hit until Logan Schafer grounded a single leading off the bottom of the seventh.

Making his Braves’ debut, Harang gave up two hits in 6 2-3 innings, struck out three and walked one.

Relievers Luis Avilan, David Carpenter and Craig Kimbrel were hitless, with Kimbrel getting three outs for his second save.

Garza (0-1) made his Milwaukee debut after signing a $50 million, four-year contract as a free agent. He allowed one run and two hits in eight innings, struck out seven and walked none.

PIRATES 4, CUBS 3, 16 INNINGS

PITTSBURGH • In a game that took 5 hours, 55 minutes, pinch-hitter Tony Sanchez singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 16th inning to give the Pirates a victory over the Cubs — the longest game in Pittsburgh history by time.

Sanchez’s hit came off Carlos Villanueva (0-2), ending the game just short of 1 a.m. and 6 minutes longer the Pirates 8-7, 18-inning victory over Houston on May 27, 2006, that took 5:49.


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Jordy Mercer opened the 16th with a bunt single but was forced out at second on Jose Tabata’s sacrifice attempt. Starling Marte followed with a singled to put runners on corners before Sanchez, the rookie catcher and last position player left on the Pirates’ bench, grounded into left field for the walkoff hit.

NATIONALS 5, METS 1

NEW YORK • Gio Gonzalez homered in his first start for the second straight season and pitched three-hit ball to lead the Nationals over the Mets.

Ian Desmond also went deep and Jayson Werth had four hits for the Nationals, who followed up their 10-inning comeback on opening day with a more routine victory against one of Gonzalez’s favorite foes. The left-hander struck out six and walked one in six comfortable innings, improving to 6-0 in his last seven starts against New York.

Bartolo Colon (0-1) was touched up for nine hits over six innings in his Mets debut.

Desmond and Gonzalez (1-0) both homered in the fifth against Colon.

ROCKIES 6, MARLINS 5

MIAMI • Jordan Pacheco had three hits, Jordan Lyles won in his Colorado debut as the Rockies held on for a victory over the Marlins for their first win of the season.

Charlie Blackmon and Michael Cuddyer each had two hits and an RBI for Colorado, which lost the first two games of the season-opening series.

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